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Two points dropped

23 December 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton was happy with his side's display in the 1-1 draw at Preston North End but felt they could have secured the victory.

The Reds were firmly in control after Ben Brereton's goal had put them ahead at Deepdale but a scrappy goal from Paul Huntington brought North End level and ensured the points were shared in Lancashire.

Speaking after the game Warburton said he was pleased with his players' commitment and application but admitted they were frustrated not to have gone back to Nottingham with a maximum haul.

He said: "We're disappointed not to have taken all three points. It's like a morgue in the dressing room which tells you something about how the game went. It's a tough place to come but after we went in front, we stopped doing what we do well.

"That is what we can learn from today. We let the game get a little bit loose, their goal was quite a scrappy one to concede and we've let two points drift away. We should be delighted with a point at a tough venue like this but we're not, we're disappointed that we haven't gone away with all three.

"Preston are a good side who go direct and get runners in behind who have pace and ability so it's a difficult place to come. Once we started to play our game I thought we did really well but we perhaps just sat off a touch after we scored and allowed them to come back into the contest."

Brereton scored his second goal in three games to put The Reds in front at Deepdale and Warburton explained why the forward was withdrawn just four minutes later.

He said: "Ben did really well to race through and finish and he felt his groin become a little bit tight after that so as a precaution we took him off. All credit to Jamie Ward and Matty Cash who came on and did a terrific job replacing Ben and Muzzy who had both worked tremendously hard.

"Tyler Walker took a very slight knock in training yesterday and the game came around too quick for him to be ready. We could have ran the risk of playing him today and losing him for the next few games but he'll be ready for Boxing Day now."

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